Windows 10: Reinstalling Windows (what drive)

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  1.    10 May 2018 #1

    Reinstalling Windows (what drive)


    Iím in the process of reinstalling Windows 10. I have 3 drives (C, D, E). When I get to the screen thatís asking me to choose which drive to place Windows, I donít know. I have data on the other drives so I donít want to accidentally erase it.

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    When I click on each disk/partition I get a message stating ďwindows canít be installed on this drive/partitionĒ. I get this message on every choice except D: Backup. This is the name of my D drive. I have data on this drive that I donít want to erase. So Iím stuck.

    Can anyone help? I attached some screenshots I hope youíre able to view them. Thanks.

    Craig
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  2. Posts : 5,154
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       10 May 2018 #2

    Usually it would be on Drive 0 and a specified partition on that drive, in the image it would be Drive 0 Partition 4. The other partitions are too small and shouldn't be messed with. It looks like you have 3 physical drives, is that correct?
    2 x 500GB and 1 x 1TB. [Formatted size is always less than marked/advertised]
    If that is the case, for a clean install I'd disconnect Drive 1 and Drive 2 until the install was finished and Windows is working properly, reconnect later.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       10 May 2018 #3

    Open file explorer to see each drive and the applicable drive letter.
    Left click on each drive to see what is inside each drive.
    For information about what is within each labeled partition you can use Minitool partition Wizard:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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  4.    10 May 2018 #4

    craigmh74 said: View Post
    I’m in the process of reinstalling Windows 10. I have 3 drives (C, D, E). When I get to the screen that’s asking me to choose which drive to place Windows, I don’t know. I have data on the other drives so I don’t want to accidentally erase it.

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    When I click on each disk/partition I get a message stating “windows can’t be installed on this drive/partition”. I get this message on every choice except D: Backup. This is the name of my D drive. I have data on this drive that I don’t want to erase. So I’m stuck.

    Can anyone help? I attached some screenshots I hope you’re able to view them. Thanks.

    Craig
    Is this going to be a clean install?
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       10 May 2018 #5

    Defenitley UNPLUG your Data drives, just the power cables, you do not need to pull their data cables.

    If you are going to do a clean install, and you HAVE backed up ALL your data, then delete ALL the partitions on Drive 0, then just click next and the windows installer will create all the necessary partitions.

    And I also see that Drive 1 is Dynamic, this should also be fixed, but you can work on that later.

    But, BEFORE you go any further, DISCONNECT any and ALL other drives except Drive 0 (the drive you want to install Windows on)

    If you have more questions please ask BEFORE proceeding :)
    Last edited by AddRAM; 10 May 2018 at 18:03. Reason: Misspelled Dynamic
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  6.    10 May 2018 #6

    If you can, it's best to unplug all but the drive you intent to install Windows on. That way you're sure where you're installing it to. Unplugging drives also help prevent windows installing parts of itself on them during install which can happen.
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  7. Posts : 2,430
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       10 May 2018 #7

    Drive 0 partition 1 is the Recovery partition
    Drive 0 partition 2 is EFI System partition
    Drive 0 partition 3 is MSR reserved partition
    Drive 0 partition 4 is your current Windows OS,

    If you want to start fresh install, Delete all 4 partitions of Disk 0, That will leave to 1 single unallocated partition, hilite it then click next. Do not format, During installation, Windows will rebuild all 4 partitions. Actually, you don't need to disconnect anything since you are installing Windows on first disk ie. Disk 0.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       10 May 2018 #8

    1) Backup all files to another drive or into the cloud
    2) Make a backup image using Macrium:
    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
    3) Save the backup image onto another drive or into the cloud
    With the above steps you will have multiple layers of backup.
    Then if there are any unforseen problems you will have saved your data.
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  9.    11 May 2018 #9

    This all started when i received a BSOD. I donít know why I received it because I havenít installed or downloaded anything in weeks. I did a check disk and also DISKPART but the problem with that is I couldnít do fixboot because access was denied. I tried to do a Restore but it wasnít able to. So that leads us to where I am now. I do have a few more questions: 1. In the screenshot I sent earlier, is ďBackupĒ the actual name of the drive? I did name drive D ďBackupĒ. 2. Do SATA cables connect only to the C drive? Itís frustrating because Iím playing unplugging and plugging in drives to determine which is the appropriate drive to load windows. I have data on my D drive so I donít want to erase it by mistake. I do have 3 physical drives (C, D, E). I canít check file explorer because I canít boot. Iíve attached a screenshot of the inside of my PC. I donít know which drive is which. Please help. Iím not an expert so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  10. Posts : 2,073
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 May 2018 #10

    Unplug all but the top one.

    Start the computer.

    As I said, do not unplug the data cables.

    You have 2 red data cables and 2 black cables, they are the skinny cables.

    Just unplug the power cables (the bigger cable) from the bottom 3 hard drives and turn on the computer.

    Report what happens.
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